BRIGHTON, Ill. (KSDK) - "Aaron was a warrior fighting for justice, freedom and peace, " Rodney Cook told the crowd.
On Sunday afternoon, they came to remember and to say thank you.
"A husband, a father, a son and a servant of others, "he said.
Friends, family and even strangers were there to honor Army Sgt. First Class Aaron Grider.
"We're coming up on four years this September, "Brittany Grider, Aaron's widow, said.
Grider was killed in action on his 30th birthday in September of 2010 while serving his country in Afghanistan. He left behind his wife of only three months and a beautiful daughter.
"Well, I just love Aaron so much and miss him tremendously, "she said.
His sacrifice is what "Operation: Let it Wave" is all about.
"To be able to welcome home our honorably discharged veterans and basically give them a welcome home that they never will forget," said Cook.
They install American made American Flags at the homes of honorably discharged veterans and the homes of those who made the ultimate sacrifice. On Sunday, with the patriot guard looking on, one went up at the home of Aaron's Grider's dad.
"It's nice to know that people haven't forgotten Aaron and his sacrifice in this family, "Brittany said.
Grider loved what he did, serving an unimaginable nine tours, and a grateful community showed their love today.
And now in Brighton, Ill., in Aaron Grider's name you'll be able to see stars and stripes forever.
"I'm just overwhelmed, humbled and very grateful, "Brittany said.
For information about the Aaron Grider foundation